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Monday, June 29th, 2015 | Author:

God uses this phrase a number of times in the Old Testament when He commanded Israel to rid itself of worldly influences. God dealt with blatant sin in very bold ways. He did this to protect Israel and to keep them close to Himself because He loved them so much.

Like a parent who disciplines his or her child, they do it for their good and to keep a close, loving relationship with them, hopefully, into their adult lives, so does He. He gave them specific instructions on multiple issues to protect them, such as the following.

“A woman shall not wear man’s clothing, nor shall a man put on a woman’s clothing; for whoever does this is an abomination to the LORD your God.” Deuteronomy 21:5 NASB

“You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female; it is an abomination.” (this includes women with women) Leviticus 18:22 NASB

“You shall not bring the hire of a harlot or the hire of a *dog into the house of the LORD your God for any votive offering, for both of these are an abomination to the LORD your God.” *dog=Hebrew: literally, male prostitute, sodomite (homosexual) Deuteronomy 23:18 NASB

“Cursed is the man who makes a molten image, an abomination to the LORD, the work of the hands of a craftsman, and sets it up in secret.” Deuteronomy 27:15a NASB

He uses this term numerous times for things detestable to Him. These carry with them harsh judgments and ultimately, if not turned away from, eternal separation from Him in the Lake of Fire.

I don’t think that ANY sin is worth spending eternity in such a horrid place as this. Some try to discount this as just allegory, but after studying God’s word for forty years now, there is no way that this is anything but a literal place for the punishment of those who refuse to repent and believe in Jesus Christ for eternal life with God in heaven. One of the most powerful verses in the Bible is …

“The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.” (repentance = turn completely away from) (emphasis added) 2 Peter 3:9 NASB

God wants to bring all sinners to Himself for complete forgiveness and for them to receive the gift of eternal life. I did this over forty years ago and it completely changed my life. He will do the same for all who come to Him and turn away from sins in their lives. He is that kind of loving Father.

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Thursday, June 25th, 2015 | Author:

“Now Israel, what does the LORD your God require from you, but to fear (reverence) the LORD your God, to walk in all His ways and love Him, and to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to keep the LORD’S commandments and His statutes which I are commanding you today for your good? Behold, to the LORD your God belong heaven and the highest heavens, the earth and all that is in it.” Deuteronomy 10:12-14 NASB

We gentiles have been grafted into the native Olive tree, redeemed Israel, and fall under these same instructions. I wonder what it will take for God to get the attention of the modern church. There are many wonderful churches today, but tragically the vast majority are just going through the motions of what the church was meant to do, win the whole world to Jesus Christ. This is the Great Commission which was given to us in ALL four gospels and in the book of Acts. To appear five times gives it grave importance. How many professing Christians today are obedient to the commandments in this passage of Scripture? Far too many cannot be identified as uniquely Christians when compared to the lost population. This breaks my heart!! Most churches today are more interested in putting on a good Sunday show than preaching and teaching the plan of salvation, leading people to a life commitment to Jesus, discipling every new believer and seeing the church multiply SPIRITUALLY rather than just numerically.

These words compound the fact of His commands.

“You shall therefore keep every commandment which I am commanding you today, so that you may be strong and go in and possess the land into which you are about to cross to possess it.” Deuteronomy 11:8 NASB

Israel was about to move into the promised land, but believers today face tremendous trials and obstacles that only GOD can make possible. I have seen His do this countless times over my forty-year walk with Him.

“It shall come about, if you listen obediently to my commandments which I am commanding you today, to love the LORD your God and to serve Him with all your heart and with all your soul, that He will give you rain for your land in its season, the early and late rain, that you may gather in your grain and your new wine and your oil.” Deuteronomy 11:13-14 NASB

“Beware that your hearts are not deceived, and that you do not turn away and serve other gods and worship them. Or the anger of the LORD will be kindled against you, and He will shut up the heavens so that there will be no rain and the ground will not yield its fruit; and you will perish quickly from the good land which the LORD your God is giving you.” Deuteronomy 11:16-17 NASB

Seems to me that the state of California, and other places living with drought, could use some rain right now. God does withhold the rain, and other vital things, when a people group its their backs on Him and follows after the things of the world, the flesh and the devil. More sexual perversion has come out of California than any other state and has contaminated other states. I have seen this first hand for the forty years that I lived there. America is in the cross hairs right now and IF we do not return to Him and live by His word then He WILL bring His wrath on this whole nation. We have seen more abandonment of God, His word and outright morality in the past ten to fifteen years than in the past fifty. Pandora’s Box is wide open and every form of sexual perversion has crawled out and has infected not only the nation but tragically, the CHURCH of Jesus Christ. Sexual sin is rampant in it, from the sexual molestation of children, to church leaders getting involved with adultery, pornography and SUPPORTING HOMOSEXUALITY. God STILL says that this is an abomination! He has NOT changed His mind and NEVER WILL!

If there is not a massive repentance in the church and a massive spiritual awakening soon, we WILL see Him turn us over to our perversions and we will have times so horrific that it would boggle our minds. Our nation stands at a critical point. Another election is not the answer, spiritual renewal is! What has happened in other nations in history will happen to our beloved country.

Our nation is being driven to destruction from the White House to the court-house. That which is evil is celebrated, that which is good is condemned as hate speech, bigotry or outright hatred.

When I took typing class, back in high school, the teacher assigned a sentence that would incorporate the letters on the keyboard. It seems that this sentence is appropriate to close this article.

NOW IS THE TIME FOR ALL GOOD MEN TO COME TO THE AID OF THEIR COUNTRY. (and all good women)

Enough said!

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Tuesday, June 09th, 2015 | Author:

A. W. Tozer said, “I can safely say, on the authority of all that is revealed in the Word of God, that any man or woman on this earth who is turned off by worship, is not ready for heaven.”

I often hear folks say that they hope that golf, baseball, football, tennis etc. will be in heaven. I cringe when I hear this and this quote takes this to the heart of the truth. The reason that we long to be in heaven is that GOD is there and we can worship Him without any hindrances, such as distractions and sin. We can enjoy this close fellowship with Him here and now when we enter into worship rather than just stand there without singing or following along in our Bible and just clock watching so they can leave and go and do what we REALLY want to do. A person like this has no desire for heaven, they are too preoccupied with earth’s distractions and sin’s allurements.

It also saddens me when I see Facebook photos of many of my former junior high students and folks that I have pastored in the past, in a bar with alcohol in their hands. What is it that is so necessary to act like the world of the lost? Personally, I am a teetotaler when it comes to alcohol. I have not touched it for over forty years and have zero desire for it. My witness for Christ is far more important for those who know me rather than hang out in a bar or purchase it at the store. Think about how this looks to non-Christians around us. What is more important to you, your witness or looking like the world. Far too many let Hollywood determine their likes and dislikes. For those who know me, what would you think of me if you saw me with a beer or drink in my hand? What just crossed your mind is the same reaction that your non-Christian friends think when they see you compromise your witness to them.

The same goes for profanity out of the mouths of Christians. This too is far too common today. This grieves the Holy Spirit. God says,

“The mouth of the righteous flows with wisdom, but the perverted tongue will be cut out.” Proverbs 10:31 NASB

“Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people.” Proverbs 14:34 NASB

“He who walks with his uprightness fears (reveres) the LORD, but he who is devious in his ways despises Him.” Proverbs 14:2 NASB

Something to ponder on this June day. Love you!

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Saturday, June 06th, 2015 | Author:

The first was the lie that Satan told Eve, “You will NOT die.” She took the fruit and immediately she gave it to her husband and he also ate. They then hid from the LORD in the bushes, now knowing good and evil.

Well, that got the ball rolling and it has been rolling ever since. Perhaps the number of lies are beyond counting over human history. Satan is continuing in our day whispering horrific lies into mankind’s ears and tragically, we still believe them. After all, God calls him a liar openly.

“You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” John 8:44. NASB

Some of the greatest lies ever told were by ego maniacs, who were insanely craving power and domination over people. One of the more devastating lies is the theory of evolution.

Satan has convinces a huge portion of the world’s population that evolution is a FACT, not a BOGUS theory. Evolution does not have a leg to stand on.

“The number of intermediate varieties which have formerly existed on earth must be truly enormous. Why then is not every geological formation and every stratum full of such intermediate links? Geology assuredly does not reveal any such finely graduated organic chain; and this, perhaps, is the most obvious and gravest objection which can be urged against my theory.” Charles Darwin 1902 edition

“I am quite conscious that my speculations run beyond the bounds of true science. It is a mere rag of hypothesis with as many flaw[s] & holes as sound parts.” Charles Darwin to Asa Gray,cited by Adrian Desmond and James Moore, Darwin, (New York: W.W. Norton and Company, 1991) pp. 456, 475

In The Origin of Species, Charles Darwin issued a challenge: “If it could be demonstrated that any complex organ existed, which could not possibly have been formed by numerous, successive, slight modifications, my theory would absolutely break down.” (First Edition, Chapter VI, p. 189)

Complexity has increased so astronomically today that cellular biologists will not debate creationist scientists. Professor Dean Kenyon, formerly of Stanford University, was dramatically transformed in his thinking about evolution. He is now a member of Intelligent Design. You can find wonderful videos on their site on this and other bogus arguments by evolutionists. Irreducible complexity is one of the greatest condemnations of evolution. In order for a living thing to exist, there MUST be an irreducible number of parts that function together for life to exist.

In his article, Survival of the Fakest, Jonathan Wells states in the section on Faked Embryos…

Darwin thought “by far the strongest single class of facts in favor of” his theory came from embryology. Darwin was not an embryologist, however, so he relied on the work of German biologist Ernst Haeckel, who produced drawings of embryos from various classes of vertebrates to show that they are virtually identical in their earliest stages, and become noticeably different only as they develop. It was this pattern that Darwin found so convincing.

This may be the most egregious of distortions, since biologists have known for over a century that vertebrate embryos never look as similar as Haeckel drew them. In some cases, Haeckel used the same woodcut to print embryos that were supposedly from different classes. In others, he doctored his drawings to make the embryos appear more alike than they really were. Haeckel’s contemporaries repeatedly criticized him for these misrepresentations, and charges of fraud abounded in his lifetime. In 1997, British embryologist Michael Richardson and an international team of experts compared Haeckel’s drawings with photographs of actual vertebrate embryos, demonstrating conclusively that the drawings misrepresent the truth.

The drawings are misleading in another way. Darwin based his inference of common ancestry on the belief that the earliest stages of embryo development are the most similar. Haeckel’s drawings, however, entirely omit the earliest stages, which are much different, and start at a more similar midway point. Embryologist William Ballard wrote in 1976 that it is “only by semantic tricks and subjective selection of evidence,” by “bending the facts of nature,” that one can argue that the early stages of vertebrates “are more alike than their adults.”

Yet some version of Haeckel’s drawings can be found in most current biology textbooks. Stephen Jay Gould, one of evolutionary theory’s most vocal proponents, recently wrote that we should be “astonished and ashamed by the century of mindless recycling that has led to the persistence of these drawings in a large number, if not a majority, of modern textbooks.”

Well, it looks like this article will cover just this great lie. For more personal research search evolution fraud and myths Northwest Creation Network at www.nwcreation.net >evolutionfraud.

I hate lies and I am sure that you do also. The Bible tells us, “We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.” 2 Corinthians 10:5

Evolution is a lie raised up against the fact that God created the heavens and the earth. The early chapters of Genesis proves this clearly.

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